Sabah polls: Sabahans want solution to lack of jobs

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE

ANY party wishing to form the new Sabah state government needs to offer a solution to the lack of employment opportunities that has prompted many young Sabahans to move to the peninsula to look for jobs that match their qualifications.

Apart from focusing on the development of basic infrastructure and economic recovery post-Covid-19, the solution to the lack of employment opportunities that cause these young Sabahans to leave the state should be on every potential leader’s priority list.

Political analyst Assoc Prof Dr Jeniri Amir described the issue as one of Sabah’s great losses especially in the aspect of manpower, expertise and human capital development.

“I think the voters will choose a candidate or a party based on their capability and initiative to find the best solution to the issue, apart from their efforts towards the development of the state and the wellbeing of the people,” he told Bernama recently.

Jeniri added that political stability and leaders with high integrity could lure foreign investors to the state, hence, enliven the economic activities and open up more employment opportunities to the locals.

It was reported that the unemployment rate in Sabah was the second highest in the country, with a total of 112,000 unemployed people last year.